Meet your Instructors
At Fine Art Bartending, each instructor we have knows exactly what students need to get started as a bartender. We have the most seasoned team teaching Vancouver’s best bartending course. You can expect to get tips on working in nightclubs, cocktail bars, private events, and even hockey games. Check out all our staff profiles below.
Sign up for DAYS with Alec Weis
Al got started bartending while studying Anthropology and Economics at UBC. Originally from Ontario, Al wanted to break into bartending so he took a course just like this. In just a few weeks he began slinging drinks at the well renowned Pit Pub and Gallery 2.0 Lounge. After going from busser to manager in just a couple years, Al moved on to making drinks at the Shark Club for the crowds needing a drink before and after events at Rogers Arena and BC Place.
Most recently, he was working the bar at Tap Shack in Coal Harbour while working through his WSET certifications. Currently, Al has his Level 2 in Wine and Spirits from WSET. Al has a passion for wine, and a knowledge of how to pump out drinks in quantity. Bartending is also about quality, and personality and over the course of a couple weeks he will be sure to step you through his adventures behind the bar.
Al also leads our Wine Tasting Seminars too. Come check out one of these classes where he really gets to dive deep into a topic he is very passionate about… that isn’t basketball related.
Sign up for EVENINGS with Lamont Brown
Lamont James Brown has been mixing drinks for over 15 years in New York City, Toronto, Jamaica, Brasil, and right here in Vancouver. He has worked in a spectrum of bartending environments: tiny Mom ‘n’ Pop neighbourhood joints, family and fine dining restaurants, vacation spots and hotels, huge multi-level 3000+ party-goers high-volume nightclubs, catering events from private-home cocktail parties to large-scale events such as Ralph Lauren’s birthday party and the Vancouver Mayoral Gala… the list goes on.
He has loads of stories, advice, and tips on working in the hospitality industry, with a focus on customer service – smiles and personality go a long way to earning those tip dollars! Whether you’re looking to pick up some skills to impress your friends at parties, or to begin your job search, LJB provides an environment in which students will gain a firm grasp of hands-on techniques and mixology, paired with knowledge of wine, beer, and spirits. Lamont now has his Level 1 Award in Spirits from WSET.
Also an Actor, in addition to his degrees in Theatre, English, and Cultural Anthropology, Lamont was also the youngest instructor at a bartending school in NYC. We now have him as a part of the Fine Art Bartending team to help guide and coach aspiring bartenders in how to succeed behind the bar. What does he like for a cocktail? The Godfather is among his favourites.
Sign up for WEEKENDS with Allan Donkervoort
Allan is a born and raised Vancouverite! He has worked everything from high volume bars and nightclubs to upscale restaurants. Over the last 10 years he has been working 40+ hours each week in the food and beverage industry with extensive time as both bartender and bar manager. If you’ve been to Library Square, C Restaurant or the nearby St. Regis Bar & Grill or more recently The Flying Pig, you may have seen him in action.
Allan is a fan of classic cocktails and has developed and implemented many new cocktail lists. He is particularly a fan of a well made Manhattan and will be quick to point out how that spirit-forward cocktail comes together. Join us on the weekend and learn from one of Vancouver’s most experienced bartenders.
Special Classes with Chris Stoner
Chris graduated from Vancouver Fine Art Bartending back in 1998. Bartending at university parties made him seek out a role behind the bar for both some extra cash while working on that engineering degree. Shortly after finishing the bartending classes, Chris started at a little Greek restaurant in Vancouver’s West Side, and after a couple years he moved on to the city’s best jazz club ‘The Cellar’. Doing a day job as an engineer, and night gig as a bartender soon caught up with him and he hung up his bar rag to focus more on what he went to school for.
Since those early days as a bartender, Chris has always dreamed of opening his own little beach bar somewhere in the world. Chris has been to Europe, Asia, South America, 48 of the 50 US states and has had a drink in each of these places. Not all those beverages were good, but each spot on the map does things a little differently and Chris is effectively a student of everything. He regularly travels in search of that perfect serene and sandy spot, but for now is content to enjoy Vancouver and all the great little happy hour spots around. He also has his WSET Educator Certification and is our in-house WSET Level 1 and 2 Spirits educator.
And if you think you might be perfect to join our team, we are always open to seeing a resume or two. Have a look at our Jobs page for a rundown on what we might be looking for in a bartending instructor.